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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1991-09-25

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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1991-09-25

Topics Live concert

Help On The Way-> Slipknot!-> Franklin's Tower, Walkin' Blues, It Must Have Been The Roses-> Dire Wolf, Queen Jane Approximately, Tennessee Jed, The Music Never Stopped Victim Or The Crime-> Crazy Fingers-> Playin' In The Band-> Terrapin Station-> Jam*-> Drums-> Jam-> That Would Be Something-> Playin' In The Band Reprise-> China Doll-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: The Mighty Quinn

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boston Garden
Location Boston, MA

Source Nakamichi CM300 + CP4REAR > d-5>cm >cdrTaped and discs kindly provided by Mark HorvathEac > cool edit pro > shntool > cdwav > shnv3 By Ernie Dodd


Nakamichi CM300 + CP4REAR > d-5>cm >cdr
Taped and discs kindly provided by Mark Horvath
Eac > cool edit pro > shntool > cdwav > shnv3 By Ernie Dodd


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavorite - September 19, 2015
Subject: Six-day run

After a 9-day sold out run at MSG (which had the highly-traded 9/10 show) came a 6-day Boston Garden run of which this is the 5th. (A 4-day run at Oakland Coliseum followed which featured the oft-remarked 10/31 show). So what's the deal? Is this as good as those '91 high points? It was released as Dick's Picks #17 chiefly because there was (is) no SB in circ (though by '91 always good AUDs) and because of the first "That Would Be Something" (not that first versions are ever good). The so-called "Clam Jam" is the jam they sponsor before Drums to make up for a weak set so-far. Probably not the best of the Boston run and, though not as bad as DP 13, still a pointless Dick's Pick. There's much better stuff in '91 (e.g. the above-mentioned plus one of the Cal-Expo shows, one of the Vegas shows, Denver, 11/3, 6/14, 6/20, 6/22, a few more).

First Set. The top of the first is the highlight of the show. Though Help on the Way is typical '91, with Slipknot! things tighten. Perfectly played into Franklin's, Hornsby's great, which always fired Phil and Jer. Everybody is playing something good. Musta Been Roses is well above the average '91. Dire Wolf is played tight and with energy. Jer cuts off Vince during a creaky Queen Jane Approximately and the rest is average or less. Music Never Stopped just doesn't work with the Weir carnival-circus beat thing, but when Jer kicks in, well, he's having a hot set - he's not the wink link people online love to claim re: '91 (but, but I read all about some drug called "Persian" and he was the only stoned person in the world!).

Second Set. Rough start. And WTF is Vince doing in Crazy Fingers? Two weeks earlier he was nailing this shit. Halfway through Terrapin the set recovers and the jam out is one of the best of '91. That Would Be Something is the 1st one, then there were 3 in '93; 6 in '94; 7 in '95. I think I only saw one (Feb '95?) but it's not like any were memorable. Here, tugged this way and that (GDtRFB, Peggy-O), clearly they just came across it before Jer concedes for a quick lyric. But it's Vince that adds the highlight riff that cements Macca at the next one (Detroit '93), where it's fleshed-out. By Throwing Stones things are flat and torpid. Hornsby's solo is by far the best part and keeps the rails straight at the wreck site. It's a relief when they bail to Not Fade Away where Hornsby's the best part again. The rest is sloppy at best.

1st Set:  C+
2nd Set: C-
Overall = 2 Stars

Slipknot! - Hornsby inspires
Franklin's Tower - the machine, everybody active
It Must Have Been the Roses - best of tour
Clam Jam out of Terrapin - Fall '91's postcard jam

SOURCES: This is a good sounding AUD and runs at the right speed, unlike the others. SBD is DP 17.
Reviewer: sbrew - favoritefavorite - October 4, 2012
Subject: one vote begging to differ
Just my opinion, but.....

This show is ok, definitely worth a listen, but why it's a Dick's Pick is honestly beyond me. It's loaded with slop and outright difficulty onstage. Blown lyrics and so on. There are some good moments but why, why, why?

Perhaps another Cornell 77 or 79-12-01 syndrome - lots of people raving while some are just scratching their heads.

So many better shows, honestly.

Reviewer: Tsiftis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2011
Subject: best show of the run
amazing stuff. dick knows his shows. start to end, best of boston garden 91.
Reviewer: Silicaone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2007
Subject: life changing
So i was the mere age of seventeen when i first found the dead. I was working as a busboy in a fancy resturant downtown and one of the cooks had just bought this DP. the minute i heard it i was hooked i bought it the next week and moved out of the midwest to colorado and hove listened to this gem hundreds of times. This is the show that sparked a true unbridaled passion for the dead that has only grown bigger with time. look out for a truely intense help>slip>franklin, terripin and a bangin walkin and much more!

Two keyboards delver a truely dark trip.
go buy it cause the dp is worth every penny.

PS watch out for the victim it will suck you in and spit you out if your not careful!
Reviewer: DEADBUCK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 25, 2006
Subject: I would pick this from Dick but...
I would buy the dick picker but Im afraid that proceeds would go to support people who support the senseless killing of soy plants for human consumption. killers. plants are people too.
Reviewer: ZiggyDaMoe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2006
Subject: Available on Dick's Picks #17
Excellent Terrapin Station (My Favorite) available on Dick's Picks #17 just to make it clear where to find this great show date.
Reviewer: jmcj - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 4, 2005
Subject: front row memory
I had the great fortune to have a front row center seat for this show. There were many great moments but the Terrapin will be forever ethched in my memory. There was incense burning behind Jerry and the image of him jamming intensely, head down, while the smoke swirled around his head will be with me forever. The Help Slip Franklin's was also an experience.
Reviewer: cdw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 17, 2005
Subject: huh
Reviewer: dmilks - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 3, 2005
Subject: 5 star performance, 3 star sound
The Help>Slip>Frank smokes. This is one where the music plays the band. It's just amazing how one night could make the difference between a mediocre performance and something that transcends. Mr. Latvala definetley knows a great show when he hears one. IMHO, this is one of the top 5 of 1991. Six songs into the first set Weir has only had one song. Terrapin and ensuing jam, which clock in at about 18 minutes, are awesome. Hearing that crowd go nuts just gives me goosebumps...what I wouldn't pay to go back for one more....First TWBS, which Hornsby makes you think is Prudence for a bar or two!!
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 11, 2005
Subject: dicks picks
basing review on the DP disc. My least favorite of the Garden run and still a beauty. The post space portion of the show is top notch dead.
Reviewer: captain_trip_420 - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 9, 2005
Subject: DP 17
Good show, this recording is not bad. The DP sounds damn good of course. Worth a listen. It's nice to have the energy of the crowd. Thanks Mark.
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